World’s largest HD screen now taking shape at Texas

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Slowly but surely, “Big Hoss” is starting to rise at Texas Motor Speedway.

Above-ground work on the world’s largest high-definition video board began this week along the backstretch of the 1.5-mile oval outside Fort Worth, which hosts both NASCAR and the IndyCar Series.

Over the next three weeks, the construction team will be putting together the steel structure that will serve as both foundation and framework for the monster screen. Per TMS, the lower section of uprights should be moved into place by Jan. 21, with the upper section set to follow and be completed by Jan. 31.

Also underway at this time is the creation of Big Hoss’ electrical infrastructure. That, along with adding power to the base of the video board, is scheduled for completion within the next few weeks.

TMS is aiming for “Big Hoss” to be finished by March 1, with plenty of time to spare before its official unveiling during the track’s first NASCAR weekend of 2014 (April 3-6).

In the meantime, fans can keep tabs on the project thanks to a live 24/7 camera from the TMS frontstretch that’s aimed toward the construction site. You can check out the feed here.

Above photo credit: Texas Motor Speedway PR

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.